Healthcare within the local community was to the fore when the Rotary Club of Retford made three recent donations.
The Bollywood Ball last November realised £18,700. From this, £6,500 was given to both the Bassetlaw Hospice and Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice. Chairman of the ball committee, Past President Paul Withers, presented the cheques to Ian Hall, Charity Administrator at the Bassetlaw Hospice, and Marion Slingsby on behalf of Bluebell Wood.
Ian said that the money would be a great help with all the developments planned this year for extra beds and better day care facilities. Marion said how much the money would help in the quest to help looking after seriously ill children and their families.
President Eddie McGarvey led a party of five Rotarians to the Aurora charity at their Wellbeing Centre located in the old library in Worksop. He presented a cheque for £5,000. £4,500 of this came from the Percy Laws Memorial Fund and £500 from public donations at Retford Christmas Market and December’s Street Collection.
Aurora gives free support to people affected by cancers of all kinds. The Rotary Club is also working with a urology consultant to introduce a screening programme to detect early evidence of prostate cancer, and it is this part of Aurora’s work that is of particular interest to members.